IPMS Number

Reviews By Author

Book cover

The Grumman F6F Hellcat: A Comprehensive Guide

Published: February 1, 2016
Book Author(s): Thomas M. Cleaver
Company: SAM Publications

Sam Publications has published another incredible reference work, this time on one of the mainstays of the navy’s air power in the Pacific theater. Author Thomas M. Cleaver has put together a 175-page opus with just about every aspect of the Hellcat one could want. Whether you’re a history buff, modeler, an aviation enthusiast or all of the above, this book will be a necessity for your files… more

Cover Art

The Fairey Firefly - F.Mk.1 to U.Mk.9

Published: September 7, 2015
Book Author(s): Paul Bradley
Company: SAM Publications

Years ago when I got back into plastic modeling in a serious sort of way, I saw the 1/72 Airfix kit of the Fairey Firefly on a hobby store shelf and was taken by the box art of this big bird. Of course I bought it. I confess after all these years, it’s still on my shelf but with the arrival of this book authored by Paul Bradley, I’ve been inspired to put it on my short list. Along with the… more

Book cover

Naval Fighters Number Ninety-Nine: Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider/Part Two – U.S. Navy Squadrons

Published: March 18, 2015
Book Author(s): Steve Ginter
Company: Ginter Books

I’ve been hooked on Steve Ginter’s publications ever since I came upon his first ones which more or less amounted to just decent-size pamphlets in thickness, with no color. Since then, I have managed to glom onto a pretty good collection of his Naval Fighter Series and companion Air Force Legends Series as well.

Each successive Ginter book seems to set the bar a little bit higher,… more

Product Card

A-4B S.A. Detail Set

Published: October 15, 2014
Company: Eduard

This follow-up review of Eduard’s detail set covers pretty much “everything else” in the set since the cockpit was covered in Part One. I won’t summarize that section here, but have provided the link to it if you’re interested in reading and referencing that one to get the complete picture of this detail set.

A drawback of this entire build had nothing to do with the Eduard set---the… more


A-4B Self-Adhesive Part 1

Published: August 23, 2014
Company: Eduard

This photo-etch detail set provides a higher level of detail for the relatively recent release of the Airfix A-4B kit. It contains two frets of parts. The smaller of the two is self-adhesive with some of the parts pre-painted. These parts are meant largely for the cockpit and ejection seat. The larger fret is meant to be used largely on the airframe and isn’t self-adhesive. The detail on all… more

Seat Part

A-4 Skyhawk Ejection Seat with Safety Belts

Published: July 19, 2014
Company: Quickboost

I intend to use this Quickboost seat to replace the kit part in an Airfix A-4B.

The seat is molded in super nice bubble-free resin, with sharp, molded detail of the lap belts, shoulder harness, and oxygen hose. The primary and secondary ejection handles are molded separately and are located on the pour stub beneath the seat pan.

The stiffening corrugations on the sides of… more

Box art

’69 Shelby GT500 Convertible

Published: July 18, 2014
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has re-issued their Shelby GT500 as a convertible with a new body shell, roll bar, a convertible top which can be modeled up or down with an included boot, and also features two options for the engine. The mill can be built stock, or with a set of dual quads and a high-rise manifold. The hood has a scribed, outlined section to cut out in order to accommodate the custom engine option if… more


Boeing 720 United with SAC Landing Gear

Published: April 13, 2014
Company: Roden, Scale Aircraft Conversions

Originally developed as an intermediate-range version of Boeing’s highly successful 707, the 720’s fuselage was shorter by 7 feet 9 inches. A reduced fuel capacity enabled a lighter structure, and with aerodynamic improvements in the form of full-span leading-edge flaps, the aircraft was actually a bit more operationally versatile than the 707, except in range. With an original designation of… more

Box Art

Air Do Boeing 737-700

Published: March 31, 2014
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa has been releasing many of its kits as Limited Edition issues during the last few years, and this iteration of its new-tool “advanced 737” kit in the colors of Air Do---the relatively new identity of Hokkaido Airlines---follows suit. The moldings and parts are the same as previous issues, with white fuselage halves and gray for all other parts. (Photo 37Parts.jpg) The kit comes with… more

Box Art

Mitsubishi F-1

Published: March 4, 2014
Company: Platz

Retired from active service in 2006, The F-1 was the JASDF’s first Japanese-designed and -manufactured supersonic fighter, and was essentially the same airframe as the two-seat Mitsubishi T-2 trainer, but had a solid “hood” in place of the second canopy, along with assorted weapons capabilities and internal differences. The similarity in appearance to the SEPECAT Jaguar has some merit, though… more